Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development/Major Gifts
Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University, a member of Conference USA and Football Bowl Subdivision NCAA member institution, seeks to hire an individual for the position of Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development/Major Gifts. This position is responsible for securing major gifts for the Division of Athletics and the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. Responsibilities include raising funds to support a broad-based athletics program at Western Kentucky University. Position reports to the Director of Athletics. Primary Duties and Responsibilities The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Develop relationships with donors and potential donors to solicit and close gifts in support of capital projects, scholarship endowments, annual fund operations and sport specific funds
Build and manage an appropriate portfolio of donors capable of making major gifts of $25,000 or more
Coordination and management of WKU Athletics Major Gift Program to include: donor acquisition and qualification, cultivation, and stewardship strategy
Responsible for making 10-12 visits per month designed to move prospects toward making a philanthropic commitment. Maintains appropriate contact with prospects and records all contact details in University Advancement management system
Assists in developing and executing an annual fundraising plan for athletics, with a primary emphasis on increasing the number of donors and dollars raised for the HAF
Participates in major gift meetings within the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement division
Meets regularly with the senior administration to assess projects, review strategies and track progress toward meeting fundraising performance benchmarks
Provides oversight and coordination of sport specific enhancement funds including cultivation of student-athlete alumni, parents, and friends for sport specific giving
Position requires frequent travel and evening and weekend work
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success
Excellent verbal and written communication Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with individuals and groups Experience in Advance donor software along with Archtics/Ticketmaster ticketing system preferred
Must be a goal oriented self-starter who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously
At least five years of experience in direct fundraising in the solicitation and closing of gifts or transferable, related experience in marketing, public relations, alumni relations, or sales.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.
Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.
Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our c...ommunity home.
Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.